Highlights of BJP manifesto

April 3rd, 2009 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The following are the highlights of the election manifesto released by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Friday:
- All below poverty line (BPL) families to get 35 kg of rice or wheat every month at Rs.2 per kg.

- Bicycles to every school going girl child from BPL families.

- Waiver of all agricultural loans and ensure farm loans at a maximum interest rate of 4 percent.

- Building 15-20 km of new highways every day.

- No personal income tax for those earning up to Rs.300,000 per annum. For women and senior citizens, the exemption will be Rs.350,000 per year.

- Committed to the construction of a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

- To evolve a new route for Sethu Samudram bypassing Ram Setu.

- Firm steps to identify and retrieve Indian money stashed away in foreign banks.

- Ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector to help domestic retail trade.

- To introduce POTA-type anti-terror law.

- To detect, detain and deport illegal immigrants.

- A comprehensive National Identity Card for all.

- All members of the armed forces and the para-military to be exempted from paying income tax.

- To set up a separate pay commission for the armed forces and also revisit the existing pay structure.

- To bring 33 percent reservation for women in legislatures.

- Student loans to be made cheaper and accessible by fixing interest at 4 percent.

- Promise to create 1.2 million IT-enabled jobs in rural areas.

- To launch an aggressive project to groom sporting talent by allocating Rs.5,000 crore ($1 billion) for creation of sports infrastructure.

- A mandatory “Dial 108″ for ambulance at your doorstep across country.

- Revive the creation of new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in the country.

- Education and job quota will be introduced for economically backward sections of society.

- Tax exemption to senior citizens in respect of pension income.

- Priority to fight against climate change and global warming.

- Take appropriate steps to save tiger and safeguard critical habitants of all wildlife.

- Cleaning of Ganges and other major rivers a priority.

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